Tane Mahuta Walk

Tane Mahuta Walk

Waipoua Forest


84 Rankers Reviews

76 Face-to-Face

8 Hokianga

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One tree to rule them all.....
Tane Mahuta, God of the Forest


325 m return | 10 minutes return

Tane Mahuta, God of the Forest, is estimated to be 2,000 years old. He is 51.5 metres high, has a girth of 13.8 metres. He rises nearly 10 metres before there is any tapering in his trunk. He is the largest, best-known and most publicised kauri.

This is a spiritual place - According to Maori mythology Tane is the son of Ranginui the sky father and Papatuanuku the earth mother. Tane was the child that tore his parent’s parental embrace and once done set about clothing his mother in the forest we have here today. All living creatures of the forest are regarded as Tane’s children.


It can get busy so if you prefer a quieter experience then time your walk for early or late in the day. Hanging out with Tane Mahuta at dawn or dusk is gold!


Tane Mahuta is comprehensively signposted on S.H.12, 11km north of the Waipoua Visitor Centre. There are toilets, picnic tables and roadside parking nearby.


The track is wide, metalled, even and suitable for wheelchairs, although one fallen tree at an angle over the track may need negotiation.

Boardwalks are constructed to protect the shallow fragile root systems of the tree.


The largest ever recorded kauri had a girth nearly twice as large.

The dying tips of his branches show he is in the autumn of his years and probably hollowing on the inside. His sheltered location should allow for continued wonder for generations yet.

Over 15% of the recorded species in the Waipoua Forest live as an empire of epiphytes in the clefts between his upper branches. Moisture collects in these hollows and a moss begins to form. This creates an embryonic soil for a seed, either blown by the wind or dropped by a bird, to germinate. The leaf litter accumulates and develops humus, sustaining the plant. In this way a hanging garden evolves in the tree.

Polynesian History

In Maori mythology, Tane was the son of Ranginui (Sky Father) and Papatuanaku (Earth Mother). With his almighty strength, he separated their embrace, creating light, air and space – the elements for life to flourish. Tane is thus seen as the life giver and all living creatures are his progeny.


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Backpack On Fire

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing to see the largest kauri tree. Short walk from the road. Be sure to clean your shoes properly at the station on the way in and out of the walk to help stop the spread of kauri die back disease. Toilets across the toad as well as awesome fresh fruit ice cream. Worth the stop along the way.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Stefano Clerici


Ranking: 10/10

Really amazing, it's worth while a stop, just 5 min walking from the road. A monster tree that I'll always remember.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Simon Hall


Ranking: 8/10

A must see! The Kauri trees are huge and has a great sense of spirituality.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Mario Schaeffer


Ranking: 9/10

Very nice walk to see the Kauri trees.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Erna Muller


Ranking: 8/10

Nice walk with a lot of information about the surroundings and the tree.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Kristina Nunoz


Ranking: 8/10

A short walk to see the biggest living Kauris in the country. It is a nice, easy flat walk.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful walks and loops under the tree of Waipoua Forest with stunning stops in front of the biggest Kauri. Quiet atmosphere and respectful people. Information and signage are helpful - congratulations!!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Wendy Steer


Ranking: 9/10

A lovely walk on well maintained paths to see the largest living Kauri tree. Excellent.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Sylvie Smets


Ranking: 8/10

A short walk takes you to the biggest Kauri tree in New Zealand which is very impressive, unlike anything I have ever seen.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Ranking: 7/10

Oldest known Kauri tree, 5 minute walk, very impressive.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Luala F


Ranking: 8/10

A great walk under the cooling shadows of the Kauri trees. Great conditions and clean facilities.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Ranking: 8/10

Really impressive Kauri tree. It is an easy walk over a wooden board path. You can see the biggest Kauri tree of New Zealand!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Tom Theuer


Ranking: 10/10

Huge tree with a diameter of a few metres. Awesome rainforest feeling.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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